Hip Flexor Strain Symptoms

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I’ve previously written about hip flexor strains and hip flexor strain treatment, but the most important part in the process is recognizing the symptoms.

This very short and brief post is going to be focused solely on recognizing hip flexor strain symptoms and a little on diagnosing the severity of the injury.

Hip Flexor Strain Symptoms

Hip Flexor Strain SymptomsA strain is one of the easiest injuries to recognize when it happens because it almost always happens while you are exercising in one way or another.  A strain occurs when you overstretch beyond your muscle’s current operational range of motion.  For hip flexors in particular this usually occurs when you pull up your leg too forcefully, often when sprinting.

So that’s the cause, what about the symptoms?  You’ll typically feel that extra stretch and pain during that moment when you overstretch.  Afterwards you’ll notice that it hurts whenever you activate that muscle.  This means that most hip flexor strains will hurt whenever you lift your leg.

Note that the degree you lift after you’ve strained a muscle will correspond to the amount of pain felt.  For example if you’re just walking it will hurt a little bit because you’re only lifting your leg a bit.  On the other hand if you’re lifting it higher to try and run or go up stairs it will hurt substantially more.

Finally I want to talk about severity quickly.  Depending on how severe the strain is your hip flexor will hurt accordingly.  A minor strain won’t hurt too much, but a grade 3 strain may not allow you to even walk.  Either way don’t play through it and even if it’s minor engage in some basic hip flexor treatment at the very least.

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The only way to speed up your recovery is by using heating and cooling technology.

Low temperatures quicken the inflammation process, while heat will improve bloodflow to your hip flexor.

By stimulating blood flow in the injured area, you speed up:

  • how fast damaged tissue and waste are removed
  • the rate that nutrients are delivered to build healthy tissue
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